To all communities affected by Canadian mining operations:

November 16, 2010

As Canadians, we deeply regret the failure of our Members of Parliament to hold mining companies accountable for their human rights records and environmental practices abroad and to hold our government accountable for the financial and political support it provides to Canadian mining companies. On October 27, 2010, Bill C-300, entitled the Corporate Accountability of Mining, Oil or Gas in Developing Countries Act, was narrowly defeated in the House of Commons by a vote of 140-134. If the bill had passed it would have created a framework of human rights and environmental standards for Canadian extractive companies operating in developing countries.